I'm looking for a little guidance on how I should view a sell side analyst position. I currently work in business development (report directly to ceo) for a tech startup that had a successful IPO within the last 2 years and have been there for 3 years. Before this I worked at a 400m hedge fund for 2 years (full time during college). The company is becoming too big for my taste and I'm thinking about going back into finance. I know all of the sell side guys in my industry personally from the IPO days and talking to them now about a switch.
My goal is to work at a tech hedge fund as an analyst, but I'm willing to do sell side research if it will make the switch to a hedge fund easier (and if it pays well)
How much does a research analyst (jr level, but not associate) make total comp at a big bank?
How easy/hard is it to switch from sell side to a hedge fund? Some people I talk to on the buy side say they would never hire sell side people and some say the opposite. I want to get a few more opinions.